A member of infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has declared a “total war” on Trump and has called for everyone, hackers and civilians alike, to shut down Trump and all of his websites by April Fools’ Day.
In the video, the Anonymous representative articulates that the group of hackers is welcoming all willing participants to join in on the “total war” on Trump. “This is a call to protect our future, our freedom and our very way of life,” reads the hacktivist group member during the video that has been viewed almost 2 million times since it was posted to YouTube earlier this month.
The hacker, dawning a Guy Fawkes mask, vowed to make an April Fool out of Trump by shutting down his Trump Chicago website on April 1 as well as exposing Trump for what he really is. The video shows clips of Trump’s horrific behavior on the campaign trail including mocking a disabled man, calling women dogs and fat pigs, calling Mexicans rapists, and saying he would date his own daughter. The anonymous hacker speaks throughout the 3:22 minute video pointing out Trump’s atrocities as well as the caliber of people that support him.
“Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing. Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your current audience wants to hear, but in reality, you don’t stand for anything except for your personal greed and power.”
The Anonymous member calls for hackers around the world, with or without experience, to take Trump down. “We need you to shut down his websites. We need you to research and expose what he doesn’t want the public to know. We need to dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand. This is not a declaration of war. This is a declaration of total war. Operation Trump engaged…Donald Trump, it is too late to expect us.”
After the video was released, Twitter users were quick to show their support of the hackers by using the hashtag #OpTrump to declare they too were for a “total war” on Trump.
— Emeraldia Ayakashi (@Iheartemeraldia) March 15, 2016
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 16, 2016
— Gavin Hudson (@gavinhudson) March 17, 2016
— Morgan Caitlin (@morgancaitlin) March 15, 2016
Despite the declaration of “total war” on Trump, this is not the first time the group of hackers has attacked Trump. In December, Anonymous took aim at Trump after the Republican candidate called for a full ban on Muslims entering the U.S., a statement which angered many across party lines. Their first threat did not gain as much momentum as the latest video released has.
Anonymous has scaled up their effort to dismantle Trump’s candidacy after their last threat and this time has a clearer plan of attack and are trying to get everyone, globally, involved.
“We are encouraging every able person with a computer watching this video to participate in this operation, you do not need to know how to hack to support this important operation,” the man says in a robotic voice “This is not a warning. This is a declaration of total war.”
As well as posting a video declaring “total war” on Trump, Anonymous posted a separate written message with a list of websites chosen to be the initial targets in the attack including trump.com, donaldjtrump.com, and trumphotelcollection.com. The group also published a slew of unverified personal information about Trump, including a social security number, personal phone number, and the contact details of his agent and legal representation.
Whether this new “total war” on Trump will have a greater impact on his campaign for the U.S. presidential elections is still unclear. Trump has previously been the target of several hacking groups that have allegedly leaked personal information and voicemail messages and attacked his various sites, all of which have had little effect on his popularity.
If you want to follow how the “total war” on Trump is going on social media, search the tag #OpTrump.
[Image via Anonymous/YouTube]